Alfredo Costa Monteiro was born 1964 in Porto (Portugal).
Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. He plays accordion, electric guitar, turntable, electro-acoustic devices and resonant objects.
He studied sculpture/multimedia at the fine art school in Paris with Christian Boltanski. In 1992, he moved to Barcelona. Since then, his work stands
somewhere between visual arts, visual poetry and sound. His installations and sound pieces, all of a low-fi character, have in common an interest for unstable processes, where the manipulation of objects as instruments or instruments as objects has a strong phenomenological aspect.
Tim Olive has been writing about himself in the third person since the beginning of this century, when he left his minimal-prog-noise-rock band Nimrod, rejecting periodic rhythms and tempered pitch in favor of improvisation and open forms, exploring the full sonic posibilities of steel strings, magnetic pickups and simple analog electronics.
Extensive live action in North America, Japan, Europe and Australia has provided opportunities to play with a wide range of musicians in event-specific one-off contexts, as well as ongoing collaborations with Anthony Guerra and Makoto Oshiro, Katsura Mouri (ex-Busratch), Alfredo Costa-Monteiro, Kelly Churko, David Brown, Takuji Naka (ex-Culpis), Jeffrey Allport, Francisco Meirino, Joel Stern, Jaime Fennelly, Alexandre Babel, Yuki Nakagawa and others.
A Canadian residing in Osaka, Olive has CD releases on Japanese, European and North American labels, receiving positive reviews in Musicworks, Signal To Noise, The Sound Projector and The Wire magazines. Upcoming releases include recordings with Guerra and Oshiro, Costa-Monteiro, Brown, Mouri, and Babel.
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